A federal project provides for a 500 foot wide entrance channel 45 feet deep converging at the jetties to a 450 foot wide channel 42 feet deep leading to a turning basin 42 feet deep with north and south extensions 31 feet deep. From the turning basin southward, the Intracoastal Waterway leading to the Southport terminal has been dredged to a project width of 500 feet and a project depth of 42 feet. The Port Everglades Department has dredged the south extension of the turning basin to a depth of 38 feet. Note: Certain parts of the channel and other navigable waters are somewhat deeper than project depth.
Mariners are advised to consult the U.S. Coast Pilot and the pilots before entering the harbor. Consult your current chart or the Local Notice to Mariners from the USCG Seventh District for current Controlling Depths in the channel.
Offshore and north of the entrance channel is the commercial anchorage. Vessels using this anchorage are required to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with a 24 hour advance notice of arrival. Upon arriving at the anchorage, vessels are to notify their position and time of anchoring to the Port Everglades Harbormaster on VHF channel 14.
Draft Limitations at the Various Berths
Draft limitations within Port Everglades are provided here for informational purposes only. Official draft limitations are promulgated by the Harbormaster's Office. Any questions regarding draft limitations should be directed to that office.
|Berth 1A:||11 ft at all tides|
|Berth 1B:||17 ft at all tides|
|Berths 1-3:||29 ft at all tides|
|Berths 4-5:||38 ft at any tide up to 40 ft with sufficient tide|
|Berth 6:||33 ft at all tides|
|Berths 7-10:||37 ft at all tides up to 38 ft with sufficient tide|
|Berth 11:||32 ft at all tides|
|Berth 12||36'-06" at all tides up to 37'-06" with sufficient tide|
|Berths 13:||36'-06" at all tides up to 37'-06" with sufficient tide|
|Berth 14:||36'-06" at all tides up to 37'-06" with sufficient tide|
|Berths 15:||36'-06" at all tides up to 37'-06" with sufficient tide|
|Berths 16-18:||36 ft at all tides|
|Berths 19-20:||35'-06" at all tides (except within 250 ft of berth 21 then 32 ft at all tides)|
|Berths 21-22:||36 ft at all tides|
|Berth 24||38 ft 04 in. at all tides|
|Berth 25:||40 ft at all tides|
|Berths 26-27:||39 ft at all tides|
|Berth 28A-E:||25 ft at all tides|
|Berth 28F:||20 ft at all tides up to 21 ft with sufficient tide|
|Berth 29:||40 ft at all tides|
|Berth 29A:||6 ft at all tides|
|Berth 30: (exception noted below)||40 ft at all tides up to 42 ft with sufficient tide|
|Berths 31-32:||40 ft at all tides up to 42 ft with sufficient tide|
|Berth 33A-C:||40 ft at all tides|
|Main Turning Basin:||42 ft at all tides|
|North Extension:||30 ft at all tides|
|South Extension:||37 ft at all tides|
|South Port Turning Notch:||42 ft at all tides|
|Channel off Berths 24-29:||42 ft at all tides|
|Dania-East Basin:||10 ft 06 in. at all tides up to 12 ft with sufficient tide|
|Dania-West Basin:||9 ft 06 in. at all tides up to 11 ft with sufficient tide|
Exceptions: (1) Berth 30 - Ships going to the zero (0) mark on the dock are restricted to 37 feet draft at any tide up to 39 feet with sufficient tide. Ships with a draft above these restrictions shall be spotted no further west than the fifteen (15) foot mark on the dock.
Notes: (1) At certain berths, additional drafts may be handled with the approval of the Harbormaster and Pilots.
(2) "At all tides" means any tide which is not an occasional negative tide, with respect to Mean Lower Low Water. A negative tide reduces the "all tides" draft limitation accordingly.
(3) "Sufficient tide" means that the available tide must be greater than the amount of which the ship's draft exceeds the "all tides" limitation, during the entire transit of the ship.
(4) The Maximum Draft Limits in Slip 3 (Berths 12-15) are valid to 50 feet east of the bulkhead. There are soundings indicating less than 31 feet within 50 feet of the bulkhead at Berth 14 and less than 36 feet in Berth 13.